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|Council increases millage, praises city employees|
Winnsboro City Council agreed to a slight increase in property taxes Monday night and offered high praise for city employees in the wake of last week's weather damages.
"We can't say enough about our employees," Mayor Jack Hammons said near the close of the regular scheduled meeting. "They did all that was asked of them and more," he added. All council members agreed.
The council accepted the recommendation of Assessor J.W. Dean to increase property tax millage from 6.76 to 7.05 per $1000 of assessed value.
"This will amount to a few cents per $1000 of assessed value for the taxpayer," Dean said in response to a question from Councilman Rex McCarthy.
Council members also agreed to a plan to extend city water services to seven resident along the east side of Wyman Road who have water quality problems. The plan will require a three-inch water line to be bored under a roadbed to reach the homes. Residents will pay a $500 connection fee and an extra cost of just over $10 per month on their monthly water bill. The costs will be recovered over a period of 39 years, according to City Superintendent Skipper Stinson.
Three new ordinances concerning rights of way were passes. "They are for protection of the City," Hammons said.
State funding requests for museum renovations, a mowing machine, police equipment and park culverts were also approved.